Call for papers

The Call for Papers is now closed! You can see the symposium’s programme on this page.


Evolved around the colleagues and students of John Meyer, world society theory (WST) has become a thriving and increasingly influential school of thought in sociology, education, political science, and several other disciplines. Although WST has spread and extended its impact also to Europe and other parts of the world, apart from small sessions within conferences, thus far this well-connected community of scholars has met only in the United States in the ASA Annual Meetings’ pre-conferences labelled as the Future of World Society Theory. They have been wonderful occasions, giving the chance for junior scholars to share their work.

The First International World Society Theory Symposium, taking place on December 5, 2022, at Tampere University, Finland, welcomes papers by scholars at all stages of their careers, juniors and seniors alike. We are open to all types of presentations: idea papers and full-length articles, theory pieces and empirical analyses.

To enable wide participation, we will apply a hybrid mode – in person and virtual. To register, please submit the paper title, a 150-200 words abstract, a short biographical statement, and whether you will attend the symposium onsite or online to this link. The deadline for submissions is November 15th, 2022.

For further information on the symposium, please contact the organizers at


Registrations for non-presenters can be made through this link.